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Having a Mary Spirit: Allowing God to Change Us from the Inside Out Paperback – October 10, 2006
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“Once again, Joanna Weaver guides us gently, lovingly, yet firmly along the life-changing path of righteousness. Her honesty about her own struggles assures us we're not alone. And her commitment to biblical truth reminds us God will be with us every step of the way. I promise you'll emerge from this reading experience a changed woman!”
–Liz Curtis Higgs, best-selling author of Bad Girls of the Bible
“Reading Having a Mary Spirit is like having a cherished friend visit and speak right to my heart. As someone who loved Having a Mary Heart in Martha World, this second book focuses on intimacy with Christ, but it also takes us deeper, showing us--through personal anecdotes and touching stories--the joy found in turning ourselves over for a holy makeover. If you're ready for a transformed spirit, you'll adore this book!”
–Tricia Goyer, award-winning author of eight books including Generation NeXt Parenting
“It seems the most authentic books are the ones that inch their way out of an ordinary life and quietly speak of all that is eternal. That is the case with Having a Mary Spirit. This personal and life-pondering book will strengthen and soothe the places in your spirit where your everyday life has left you parched. Drink deeply!”
–Robin Jones Gunn, Bestselling author of Sisterchicks® on the Loose! and Take Flight!
Weaver spends 16 delightfully entertaining and spiritually hefty chapters challenging and entreating women to allow God entrance to the heart’s inner places for a “soul-surgery” of sorts. She discusses guarding one’s heart from distractions and cynicism, bringing thoughts under control, honing a fearless, courageous attitude, and learning to adopt a discerning, malleable and servant-minded spirit. Weaver’s insight is keen and far-reaching, patient and practical. …Weaver has a way of approaching even the most tried subject matter with a neighborliness that both charms and enthralls.
–from the Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
Top Customer Reviews
It's been more than six years since Weaver finished writing the wildly popular Having A Mary Heart in a Martha World, but she still hasn't lost her ability to connect with women and delve deeply into the issues that many of us face on a daily basis. She points out that a number of women struggle between their good-girl spirit and their bad-girl fleshly desires. In any given situation, one side may win over the other. But the key is transformation through our relationship with God.
Weaver explains that how we think can often affect how we behave and underlines the importance of placing all of our thoughts before God. She writes:
"God has recently been convicting me of such careless thinking. Of allowing thoughts to come and go much like cars crossing the Oklahoma-Arkansas border. No roadblocks. No checkpoints. No sin-sniffing dogs. No discipline of the will. Careless thinking is a dangerous habit. For as our thoughts go, so go our emotions. And as our emotions go, so often goes our faith. If the Enemy can get me confused, he can get me discouraged. If he can get me discouraged, he can cause me to doubt."
The transformation is responsible for taking every thought captive, according to 2 Corinthians 10:5, and bringing them into obedience to Christ. She points to the power of Scripture in the transformation process.Read more ›
Starting with the chapter "Change me, Lord", she emphasizes the necessity of allowing God to work in one's life rather than just trying harder to live up to the Christian ideal. The first half of the book deals with "how the process of change happens and why God is so intent that it does. The second half focuses on the more practical application of training our minds, guarding our hearts, and purifying our ways." -p.7.
Joanna Weaver does an excellent job of weaving her own experiences into the book so that one can identify with her struggles. I especially appreciated the chapter on "Rooting Out Bitterness." Perhaps, that is because I needed it or maybe we all need help with this.
I would recommend this book for a women's Bible study covering a chapter or two each week. That way, there is adequate time to discuss the material and seek to apply it with others who may be going through similar struggles. It is definitely a book full of information to apply, not just one to read. However, I never felt the author put me under the pile of things to do, but rather presented clearly what Christ wants to do in one's life and how to cooperate in that process.
Thank you, Joanna, for waiting six years to write your next book. It was worth the wait.
A great book for learning more about the true role of the third person in the Trinity in our daily lives, so we don't do what we don't want to do.
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too self consuming did not care for the author's condemnation of the human race as awful sinners.Published 1 month ago by Dorothy
Bought this book for the title thinking it would make a good Bible Study book. I WAS WRONG!!. This is the worse book I have ever tried to read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Judy L. Osborne
I am not a reader - What I have read, this is a good book. Glad I bought it.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
We are using this book for our book club
And it a great discussion piece